The African continent is home to a wide variety of cultural riches and masks are at the heart of its traditions.
In the four corners of Africa, masks are distinguished by their shapes, colors and appearances, usually human or animals.
African culture values the ritual and sacred aspect of the mask more than its aesthetics.
The Kora is a hybrid string instrument between the harp and the lute from West Africa (Guinea, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania,..). It is the instrument of the “Djelis” (blood of the society) or Griots: people specialized in praises and historical stories.
In the Mandingue culture, the Griots occupied a dominating place because they were holders of knowledge and culture. In addition, they were storytellers, great orators and advisors. The Kora was also used to celebrate moments of festivities such as births, weddings, etc.
This instrument is highlighted by different artists such as: Sona Jobarteh, Tounami Diabaté, N’faly Kouyaté or Mory Kanté. It has symbolically the power to facilitate communication between cultures. You will have understood that the Kora is a wonderful and fascinating instrument that deserves to be known and that you can find exposed at the Cauri bar.
Lumumba is an emblem of the struggle against colonialism. Congolese statesman has marked the African continent by his thought and his fights for the independence of his country.
One of his main battles was the economic emancipation of the Congo, according to him it was necessary to leave the system of economic exploitation set up during the colonization.
During the ceremony of the independence of the former Belgian Congo, on June 30, 1960, his emblematic speech left a mark in the history of the country and the continent.
Unfortunately, he was assassinated as Prime Minister in circumstances that have not yet been clarified.